Life isn't always rosy, we all know that. There are days that are a deeper shade of gray. We just have to think of ways to cope. I don't drink nor smoke nor self-medicate but bake I do.
Once in a while we all have our brownie baking day. When we don't feel so good inside, we make something that will keep us occupied for a while, something that will keep our thoughts away from things we don't want to think about. We do something that will make us look forward to a nice cheerful moment that is soon to happen...after the brownies are done. Brownies surely brings smiles, smoothes away our frowns and soothes our worries with its sweet, sugary chocolatey goodness.
I don't know how many times I've made brownies. It's quick and easy and always yummy. We take turns choosing what to add to it: nuts, M&M's, choc chips, peanut butter chips, etc. I want it with peanut butter this time. I keep thinking of fudge. Maybe condensed milk. I added cocoa powder to some of the dough and swirled it in. I don't know if this is technically a blondie because the base is the peanut butter dough. Well, it came out pretty brown so let's just say it's a brownie. It had crusty swirls on the outside and was fudgy inside. Just the way I like it. I'm smiling now.
1/2 c. butter
1 c. smooth peanut butter
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. + 2 tbsps. condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
3 tbsps. cocoa
Pre-heat the oven to 350° F/ 180° C.
Cream the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar together.
Add the eggs, 1 c. condensed milk and vanilla and blend. Add in the flour, salt and baking powder and mix.
Take out 1 1/2 cups of the batter and to that mix in the cocoa powder and 2 tbsps. of condensed milk.
Transfer the rest to a lined 9" x 13" baking pan. Drop dollops of the chocolate batter into the peanut butter batter and swirl with a knife.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan. Do not overbake if you like them fudgy. The middle will still be squidgy but will firm up when cooled.
Cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Transfer to a baking rack to cool before cutting into squares.
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